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Factors influencing parent satisfaction with preventive health services for the early detection of speech and language delay in preschool children

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The aim of this study was to identify parent and child characteristics which could influence parent satisfaction with preventive health services designed to detect preschool children with speech and language (SL) delay. This study was conducted on 101 children aged 18 to 36 months who participated in an organized SL delay early detection program. Validated instruments were used to assess children’s and parents’ characteristics. Satisfaction was evaluated using the client satisfaction questionnaire for the three activities of the program: 1) a public information session about SL development, 2) parent training sessions for parents concerned by their child SL development, and 3) a child’s SL assessment. Multiple logistic regressions were used to identify all independent factors (p < 0.05) associated with satisfaction and to estimate the odds ratios (OR) for satisfaction. Economically disadvantaged parents were less prone to participate in the first two activities of the early detection program. Older parents were more satisfied with the public information session (OR = 1.33 for 1 year increment; p = 0.001). Distressed parents were less satisfied with both the parent training sessions (OR = 0.28; p = 0.009) and the SL assessment (OR = 0.43; p = 0.046). Parents whose child had health problems at birth were less satisfied with the public information session (OR = 0.14, p = 0.03) and the SL assessment (OR = 0.33, p = 0.036). There is a need to better adapt the delivery of preventive services for the early detection of SL delay, especially for disadvantaged and distressed parents and for those whose child had suffered from health problems at birth.

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Bairati, I. , Meyer, F. , Gueye, C. , Desmarais, C. , Rouleau, N. and Sylvestre, A. (2011) Factors influencing parent satisfaction with preventive health services for the early detection of speech and language delay in preschool children. Open Journal of Preventive Medicine, 1, 135-142. doi: 10.4236/ojpm.2011.13018.

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